Becker's Health IT & CIO Report: How AI is changing medicine, the role of physicians
By Laura Dyrda
The once futuristic potential for artificial intelligence in healthcare is coming to fruition, integrating with key operational and clinical aspects of healthcare to improve patient care. But how far will it go?
What the future holds The future holds huge potential for AI, as companies are testing algorithms to detect conditions such as pneumonia, flagging those patients for physicians to take a more nuanced look. Mark Hoffman, PhD, chief research information officer at Children's Research Institute at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, anticipates the next step will be focused on methods to evaluate the accuracy of AI, as well as its value, in diagnostics. And as with any changes in healthcare, regulatory agencies will slow the process.
"It will take some time for regulators to determine their comfort level with these capabilities," he said. "This will be followed by work to develop AI that integrates multiple types of data sources to seek higher quality diagnostics. At the Children's Research Institute at Children's Mercy, we are doing foundational work to characterize large de-identified clinical data sets in order to ensure that the data feeding these algorithms is high quality and is well-understood by the developers of algorithms."
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